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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families: New Pathways for Fathers and Families

Deadline: July 7, 2015

Grants will fund New Pathways for Fathers and Families (New Pathways) programs to strengthen positive father-child engagement, improve employment and economic mobility opportunities, and improve healthy relationships (including couple and co-parenting), and marriage. In addition to responsible fatherhood’s core services and skills (communication, character building, interpersonal relationships, parenting, economic stability, and conflict resolution) applicants are encouraged to partner with human service agencies and community organizations. These collaborations will help organizations provide comprehensive services to address the social, emotional, and economic stability needs of fathers and their target communities. Economic stability activities include employment, job training, and job skills development. Social and emotional needs refer to services including, but not limited to, partnerships with and referrals to mental health, substance abuse treatment, and trauma-informed care systems.

The following is a list of eligible activities:

Responsible Parenting – Activities to promote responsible parenting, such as:

  • Counseling, mentoring, and mediation
  • Disseminating information about good parenting practices
  • Skills-based parenting education
  • Encouraging child support payments
  • Other methods as appropriate

Economic Stability – Activities to foster economic stability, such as:

  • Helping fathers improve their economic status by providing activities such as work first services, job search, job training, subsidized employment, job retention, job enhancement, and encouraging education, including career-advancing education
  • Dissemination of employment materials
  • Coordination with existing employment services such as welfare-to-work programs, referrals to local employment training initiatives
  • Other method as appropriate

Healthy Marriage – Activities to promote marriage or sustain marriage through activities, such as:

  • Counseling, mentoring, disseminating information about the benefits of marriage and two-parent involvement for children
  • Enhancing relationship skills
  • Education regarding how to control aggressive behavior
  • Disseminating information on the causes of domestic violence and child abuse
  • Marriage preparation programs
  • Premarital counseling
  • Marital inventories
  • Skills-based marriage education
  • Financial planning seminars, including improving a family’s ability to effectively manage family business affairs by means such as education, counseling, or mentoring on matters related to family finances, including household management, budgeting, banking, and handling of financial transactions and home maintenance
  • Divorce education and reduction programs, including mediation and counseling

Amount: Approximately $47,846,875 is available for up to 49 grants, ranging from $350,000 to $2,000,000 and averaging at $976,466 per budget period. The grant period is one year with continuing awards for up to four additional years based on a non-competitive application process.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are states, territories, Native American tribes and tribal organizations (including state, territorial, and tribal post-secondary educational institutions), and public and nonprofit community entities (including religious organizations and public and private nonprofit post-secondary educational institutions).

Link: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/index.cfm?switch=foa&fon=HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FK-0993

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